Jonathan Slowey (8st 13lbs) defeated Ian Baillie (8st 13lbs) on points at the Gorbals Leisure Centre in Glasgow on Saturday night to capture the vacant International Masters featherweight title.
Referee Victor Loughlin scored the ten round bout 97-94 in favour of the Scot.
The 22 year old Slowey boxed well out of his southpaw stance, scoring with crisp bursts and turning his opponent at every opportunity. Baillie, from Slough, kept his foot on the gas but rarely got the better of the Glaswegian’s defence in the early rounds.
When Slowey stopped long enough to plant his feet he did find some snappy right hooks and the combination work was both fluent and accurate. Baillie, for his part, was testing his opponent’s engine, by applying pressure, but found out quickly that Slowey was fully fuelled.
Baillie did score well in the eighth but was paid back in the following stanza when normal service resumed. Slowey kept it simple, scored effectively at ring centre and even worked well off the ropes. It was simply a riddle that the Englishman could not solve and he was running out of time.
Slowey raised his hands at the beginning of the tenth and the home crowd erupted as a very entertaining main event neared its conclusion. Baillie didn’t get much done until the closing seconds when he appeared to stun Slowey with a combination but it was too little too late.
In twelve straight victories Slowey is yet to score a stoppage but the lack of concussive hitting power appears to be his only drawback. He has excellent variety, superb fitness and rarely takes a direct hit.
Slowey is co-trained by former two weight world champion, Paul Weir, and Danny Vaughan.
Former Commonwealth bronze medallist Stephen Simmons (14st 6lbs), from Edinburgh, looked impressive in dispatching Jovan Kaluderovic (14st 4lbs) in the second round of a cruiserweight clash.
Simmons started fast and decked his man with a big left hook to the liver in round one. Kaluderovic looked disinterested from that point on and another quick combination sent him sprawling for a second time.
The Scot emptied the magazine in round two, gave himself some space and scored with another terrific left hook to the liver area which was clearly a finisher. Referee Kenny Pringle halted the action at 2.38 after administering the count.
Simmons improves to 7-0 (3KO’s) and domestic title opportunities lie ahead.
Michael Roberts, from Glasgow, won a hard fought six round decision over a very game Michael Stupart in a super featherweight attraction. Both fighters weighed 9st 6lbs.
Stupart pressed the undefeated Roberts from the start but only brought out the best in the twenty five year old who looked loose and relaxed. The Scot landed with some brilliantly executed counter punching and, when he elected to lead, his hand speed was eye catching.
In round three Stupart seemed energised and got off some nice body shots although Roberts almost allowed his man to work. The young prospect regained his poise in the fifth and employed the same counter punching tactics which had been successful at the beginning.
Referee Kenny Pringle scored the bout 60-55 in favour of Roberts who is now 11-0 (2KO’s) and also appears to be heading towards domestic title contention.
David Brophy (12st 2lbs) from Caldercruix scored a shut-out victory over James Tucker (12st 10lbs) in a four round super middleweight bout.
Brophy battered Tucker with a series of sharp power shots in round one, all of which were set up by an educated left jab that landed with accuracy. Tucker was forced to stand and watch as the Scot opened up and offered little in return due to the incoming.
The twenty two year old remained poised and disciplined throughout the fight and made each punch count in a quality performance. Brophy is trained by Billy Nelson at the Fighting Scots Gym and remains one to watch.
Referee Ged O’Neill scored the bout 40-36 in favour of the young prospect who improves to 6-0-1.
Alexander White (10st 5lbs) scored a points win over Richard Bitner (10st 4lbs) at welterweight.
White, from Uddingston, landed his right hand at will and simply had too much for Bitner. The referee scored the bout 40-37 in the Scot’s favour.
Ryan Collins (9st 8lbs), from Irvine, defeated popular trail horse Youssef Al Hamidi (9st 11lbs) by technical decision at lightweight.
Collins was badly cut in the fourth and final round, after an accidental clash of heads, and the referee stopped the fight almost immediately. Still, the young Scot had been in control throughout and the 39-37 verdict went in his favour.